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PRESS RELEASE : Venezuela negotiations – Joint Statement [October 2023]

The press release issued by the Foreign Office on 18 October 2023.

Foreign ministers of the US, UK and Canada, and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs gave a statement welcoming the Venezuelan-led political agreement.

The following statement was released by US Secretary of State Antony J Blinken, the United Kingdom Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs James Cleverly, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell Fontelles, and the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs the Honourable Mélanie Joly, on the Venezuela negotiations in Barbados on 17 October 2023:

We welcome the Venezuelan-led political agreement reached today in Barbados. This agreement represents a necessary step in the continuation of an inclusive dialogue process and the restoration of democracy in Venezuela.

We support a peaceful negotiated outcome that leads to fair and competitive elections and a return to economic stability and security.

We continue to call for the unconditional release of all those unjustly detained, the independence of the electoral process and judicial institutions, freedom of expression including for members of the press, and respect for human and political rights.

We will work with our international partners and others to address the urgent needs of all Venezuelans inside and outside their country and to alleviate the humanitarian crisis.

We are grateful to Barbados for hosting the negotiations and to Norway for its leadership in facilitating the negotiations.